Some Like It Hot: Grand Trine in Fire Signs

“Oh, for a muse of fire that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention!”–Shakespeare, “Henry V”
This is quite an eventful week, astrologically speaking. The Sun recently entered into Gemini and as of today it will be joined by Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, which thrives on information overload in this chatty, intellectually stimulating Air Sign. Elementally shifting gears to Earthiness, you can’t get more sensual than when Venus–bestower of blessings in love, finances, and creativity–enters Her home sign of Taurus, which She does today for a transit that lasts until July 4.
But it’s the Fire Signs–Aries, Leo, Sagittarius–that command our attention with their cosmic fireworks display in the form of a Grand Trine that runs from now until June 10, adding extra energy to the Sagittarius Full Moon that takes place the morning of June 9 (8:10 a.m. Central Daylight Time).
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Feisty Uranus in 27° Aries trines the show-stopping North Node in 27° Leo, which trine karmic task-master Saturn in 25° of Sagittarius. This is an incredibly auspicious time to pursue all matter of endeavors that require courage, a pioneering spirit, out-of-the-box thinking, leadership, playfulness, and judicious planning in the expansion of one’s personal horizons. Creative endeavors are especially heightened, so all artists should hopefully receive momentous downloads from their muses at this time.

The ebullience that naturally flows from the Sun and Mercury in Gemini works well with this Fire Trine energy. The overall mood should thus be one of natural optimism. Be passionate about pursuing your endeavors in your own unique way. Ignite that fire within. Fire those neural synapses and don’t let this creative potential go to waste!

The Sagittarius Full Moon on the 9th will be conjunct Saturn, so note that whatever you apply your energies toward will have long-term ramifications. May all that you do be infused with glory! If you’re curious as to how these planetary transits affect you personally, you can book an astrology consultation with me via Skype. Visit my website for more details. Cheers!

Remembering Morda

Those who are remembered, live.

This morning I prayed with sadness and gratitude at my ancestor altar as I recalled many memories about my first spiritual mentor, the late Donna Cole Schultz of Temple of the Pagan Way and the Gardnerian coven, Temple of the Sacred Stones, here in Chicago. Had cancer not killed her on March 31, 2004, she would have been 80 years old today. Continue reading

Rite of Her Sacred Fires: Annual Global Hekate Devotional Ritual

While many practitioners of alternative spiritualities associate the full moon in May by annually commemorating the Wesak of the Buddha, I choose instead to light fires of welcome for my Patron Deity, the Goddess Hekate. Since 2010, the Covenant of Hekate has issued a global summons of Hekate devotees to participate in its annual Rite of Her Sacred Fires, which always occurs during the full moon in May.  Continue reading

Walpurgisnacht Chant

A blessed May Eve/Walpurgisnacht/Beltane to all who celebrate in the Northern Hemisphere, and a blessed All Hallowstide/Samhain to friends Down Under! Here is a little chant we used to do in my coven after the balefire has been consecrated and we danced around it to raise energy:

Walpurgisnacht

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Walpurgis Night, the time is right,

The ancient powers awake.

 

So dance and sing, around the ring,

And Beltane magic make.

 

Walpurgis Night, Walpurgis Night,

Upon the eve of May,

 

We’ll merry meet, and summer greet,

Forever and a day.

 

New life we see, in flower and in tree,

And summer comes again.

 

Be free and fair, like earth and air,

The sunshine and the rain.

 

Walpurgis Night, Walpurgis Night,

Upon the eve of May,

 

We’ll merry meet, and summer greet,

Forever and a day.

 

As magic fire be our desire

To tread the Pagan way,

 

And our True Will find and fulfill,

As dawns a brighter day.

 

Walpurgis Night, Walpurgis Night,

Upon the eve of May,

 

We’ll merry meet, and summer greet,

Forever and a day.

 

The Pagan powers this night be ours,

Let all the world be free,

 

And sorrow cast into the past,

And future blessed be!

 

Walpurgis Night, Walpurgis Night,

Upon the eve of May,

 

We’ll merry meet, and summer greet,

Forever and a day.

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If you’d like to read about traditional witch lore regarding Walpurgisnacht and Germanic folklore, you’ll probably find this blog post I wrote to be of interest.

Hail, the Queen of Elphame!

A Devotional Ritual for Nephthys to Bless and Protect the Dead

This past Saturday at World Tree Healing, I led a workshop on “Loving and Serving ‘Dark’ Deities.” It was a well-attended workshop and for the first hour, I engaged the participants in a series of discussions based on the following prompts:

  • How has staving off criticism from mainstream religions made Paganism afraid of its own shadows?
  • How do you help outsiders to your tradition distinguish between “darkness” and “evil”?
  • Has anyone ever had an experience of invoking Dark Deities in a group ritual context and then been castigated for invoking Them?
  • How is the function of the Trickster valuable to a society? Who is devoted to Trickster Gods?
  • In his Manifesto for his powerful Apocalyptic Witchcraft, Peter Grey has declared: “We call an end to the pretense of respectability.” What are your thoughts on this? What do Pagans lose by attempting to claw their way to the interfaith table, begging for scraps of acceptance from Abrahamic religions?

It was a great discussion that appeared to make two people with Abrahamic allegiances very uncomfortable, so they left after I had announced that we’d be taking a short break before our ritual to Nephthys would begin. Good riddance, I thought. I certainly didn’t want the miasma, or spiritual pollution, of their presences to spill over into my devotional ritual to my Patron Deity. The major risk of hosting a public Pagan ritual is that you never know what kind of people may show up, especially folks with overtly hostile ideologies (read: patriarchal monotheists) who attend solely to destabilize the gathering, which is why I absolutely favor doing private ceremonies in the company of fellow devotees I can vouch for.

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